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I have a Morton’s Neuroma on my foot which is basically fibrous tissue that grows around nerve cells in your feet.  “They say” it’s caused by poor shoes, but I’m the QUEEN of comfortable shoes, so I don’t get how I got it.  At any rate, I have one, it’s on my left foot and it causes so much pain and often makes me limp, especially after resting for a period of time.  Mornings first thing out of bed and getting out of the car at work after my hour commute are the two most painful times.  Basically the Orthopedic Surgeon I work for diagnosed me, gave me a cortisone injection and that helped.  The cortisone is supposed to reduce the inflammation, it helped! When I came back a few weeks later and was in pain again, he gave me an odd answer, well odd for a doctor… but maybe because I work with him?  He said that they only do cortisone injections every 6 weeks because basically “we” aren’t sure what problems can arise by having it more frequently.  My first thought was, oh great! What did I have him inject into me!?  And if “they” aren’t sure what kinds of problems there could be from multiple shots “within 6 months” then how can “they” assure me that those same unknown things wouldn’t happen from correct treatment?  This is why I don’t subscribe to western medicine!  Still my problem persists, so I went to an herb group I belong to and posed the question for help with what I originally thought was a stress fracture.  I was given some suggestions for herbs to use and make a liniment (basically herbs soaked in alcohol, the alcohol is rubbed on the skin and quickly absorbed).  I instead soaked the herbs in oil and made a salve.

Comfrey is my favorite healing herb!  I plan on going to get some roots from a friends plant and planting it at our house.  This stuff is like gold in our house.  The second herb is St Johns Wart which not only can help with depression but is also an anti-inflammatory and helps muscle spasms, cramps and tension.  The third plant I used was yarrow.  Yarrow is crazy and has tons of things it helps with, it helps stop bleeding, it can be chewed for a tooth ache until you can get to the dentist, bruises and pain, inflammation…

Yarrow

Yarrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I put these herbs (which we harvested ourselves, thank you very much 🙂 ) and I put them my glass pan and added oil to cover.  I put the stove on low and let it sit for a while.  Then I forgot about it, LOL.  I’m good at forgetting little projects I start.  So they sat in the pan with the herbs for a few days then I strained off the herbs and again the jar of oil sat another week probably.  Then my foot really started bothering me, so last weekend I made salve.  I melted my beeswax and added the oil then put it all in baby food jars.  I started applying the salve to my foot, top and bottom where it hurt.  I leave my jar of salve on my night stand and try to remember to put it on at night and in the morning.  I was consistent for two days and I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in my foot pain.  I applied this morning and I have no foot pain!  This stuff really works.  I have yet to use it on anything else inflamed but my foot is super happy!

Our new toy we got last night.  Juicing has been such a powerful thing for us.  We both notice such a difference in how we feel and I mentioned before I had just blurted it out to our neighbor one night.  Yesterday I went out to cut some sage for dinner and our neighbor was outside having a smoke.  She said that she wants to start juicing and proposed to us that if we buy the produce and juice it for her, not only will she pay for her produce but give us extra for our time, and even said she wanted to buy chicken eggs from us! This is a true God-send because Hubby is having a really hard time finding work.  She is just tired of being sick and tired, as were we!  We decided to upgrade our juicer!  It was a bit of money to spend, and we are not rich by any stretch of the imagination.  But we decided it was an investment in ourselves, and now that we have our neighbor on board… it’s really an investment in the community.


We bought a Hurom Slow Juicer, now I’m still a cheap girl and I LOVE a deal.  Hubby, his motto in life is “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.”  He is never afraid to ask for a discount or a break on anything.  Back to the juicer, we were looking around at good options, watched many youtube videos and researched options.  I checked on craigslist and found a Hurom slow juicer that was only used a few times and the girl didn’t want it anymore.  She actually lived in a studio apartment and it was kind of big for her little place.  She had only had it for a bit and was selling it, new it’s $360 she had it advertised for $280.  Yesterday evening we drove into Portland and checked it out, the thing was amazing!  You hardly have to use the plunger at all, in fact the thing sucks down produce, and its whisper quiet!  Hubby handed the girl $260 and she accepted, so we basically bought a brand new juicer for $100 less than it costs in the store.  We were tickled!  We hurried home to try that baby out.  It not only produced more juice with less produce, but the juice was darker and it was more pungent, you could tell it had more in it.  The only “beef” with it is that it does produce a bit of pulp in the juice, which we remedied by straining with a fine mesh strainer, and that you have to cut down stringy veggies (think celery, and asparagus) or hard roots (carrots and beets).  It also does wheatgrass, it does leafy green veggies very well and you can also make nut milks and coconut milk with it, as well as banana ice cream.  Our JuiceMan II is great, but it sounded like a jet plane was taking off in our kitchen every morning, and if the pulp got stuck on the mesh strainer then the thing would rattle around and it felt like it was taking off! LOL  I guess we are “real” juicers now? We certainly feel blessed that is for sure!  The following video was one that really made me sure we wanted this machine… enjoy! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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My foot hasn’t been getting better, so last week I had my boss look at it again.  He took a few more x-rays to compare the old to the new.  By the way, x-rays are pretty harmful, the radiation is not good for our bodies.  I take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation and have since the Japan earthquake. I buy my iodine (which is high potency) from Swanson’s Vitamins but you can also get iodine from sea vegetables (kelp, dulce, wakame).  Ok, ok back to my foot… so the xrays looked normal but that didn’t explain my pain so he took me into a room and did an actual evaluation.  He determined that my “stress fracture” in fact was not a stress fracture at all but a neuroma.  A neuroma is actually a benign growth of nerves (in my case) or a tumor.  Mine is called a Morton’s Neuroma, they are fairly common and basically are in between the toe bones on my left foot.  Last Thursday my boss suggested a cortisone injection, I’m such a natural medicine girl it was a bit hard to say yes, but my foot was killing me so I consented.  I’d make the worst junkie in the world, I HATE needles.  A needle in the foot is not fun, he even used the “baby” needle, but that didn’t help.  After the anesthetic wore off, it was so painful to walk, in fact I laid pretty low this weekend too.  At a point I got to wondering why I let him do that.  He also suggested getting some metatarsal pads (these helped a lot!), Dr Scholls type, they help to evenly disburse your weight so the pressure isn’t on the ball of your feet.  I’m a research type of girl so I generally research things before I buy them, I found that Dr Scholl’s has a machine you can go stand on and it will measure your feet and pressure points and arches and then you can buy “custom” insoles without paying “custom” prices.  Normal custom orthotics are $200-$300 these cost $50.  I don’t know about you but $50 is an investment for me.  So I had to research to find out if these things were legit or not.  The only one close to us was at Walmart.  I detest Walmart.  That is for another post, but I don’t go there willingly.  I did have to go this weekend though because I wanted to check out these orthotics.

So you take off your shoes and stand on the foot pads.  The machine asks you to do certain things like grab the bars in front of you, stand on one foot, do the hokey pokey…no wait… that last one I made up. LOL  Then it tells you which custom fit orthotic you should get.  Mine was CF420, Hubby was CF440.  Luckily, they were out of mine.  I do hate supporting Walmart.  However they did have the metatarsal pads and I opted to get some of them to get me through until payday.  Luckily still, they sell these at Fred Meyer too (Krogers to everyone else) and there is one by my work.  Yesterday I ran down there at lunch and they had both my size and Hubby’s sizes.  Also I would like to add, as of right now they have $10 off rebate on the website so they only end up being $40.  Feet are important and I think spending $40 on your feet to make them not hurt is fine in my book.  Plus if they were horrible I’d just take them back.  I got back to work and took them out of the pack and slipped them into my work Mary Jane’s.  Honestly these things are amazing!  My only “beef” with them is that they are bit bulky, so my feet slipped out of my shoes when I walk (like a flip flop).  Once I put them in my sneakers they were the most amazing things!  They replaced my metatarsal pads, they are solid (not like the gel inserts), and they give amazing arch support and heel cushion.  Hubby also loves his, these are NOT going back to the store.  I’m actually going to send my rebates back in the next couple days.

I’ve been fairly inactive since this whole foot thing started.  I have been doing squats and push ups but not anything great.  Last night though, I asked Hubby to go for a walk with me.  It was a cold evening but we weren’t having any rain and I wanted to see what these inserts would do for me.  Since we moved in to our house in November, it’s been cold and we haven’t wanted to get out much, it was our first time exploring our new neighborhood.  We live in a city but it’s a country city, and we are on the outskirts of that city, I think a mile or two up the road and it’s considered “out of the city limits.”  Our neighbor told me about a large field where we could take the dogs to run, she gave me “directions” and I suggested we go up that way to see if we could find it.  She said you went over “the bridge” and then into the field, which belongs to someone but they don’t mind people using it.  I often see our neighbor walk their dog down that direction.  So off we went, Hubby actually spotted the bridge I probably would have missed it.  I was thinking we’d walk on the road, cross over a bridge and then the field would be next to it.  The bridge was off into a wooded area.  There is a creek that twists and turns all around the area, and there was a wood “covered” foot bridge, the roof however was missing on the bridge.  Down a dirt path, well a mud path, and it opens to a HUGE field.  Acres and acres of land!  The sun was starting to set, it was chilly and beautiful.  We walked around the field a bit before it got dark and then headed home.  It was like finding a treasure in our back yard, of course it wasn’t directly in our back yard but a short walk and we were complete out of the “city” and into God’s beautiful country.  This former “city girl” would never give up her new country life.  All the beauty that I missed all these years!  It was a wonderful blessing last night, and when we got home my feet didn’t hurt one bit!

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